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Updates from the LFANC on COVID-19

Please use this page as a reference for information regarding our programming and events, as well as resources for those with lupus and how to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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UPDATED: February 2021

The most up-to-date health information on the COVID-19 pandemic for people with lupus. The situation is still changing rapidly. As soon as we are aware of a change in recommendations we will update our information. Your local health department is the best source of risk information for your area.

Here, you'll find:

  • Most recent news on programs & events 
  • Steps that the LFANC is taking to educate & raise awareness of people with lupus about coronavirus specific challenges they may face
  • Resources that will help you stay both mentally and physically healthy during this uncertain time
  • Actions you can take to help
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August - October

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May - July

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June

  • June 23 - In a new survey conducted by the Lupus Foundation of America, 55% of respondents taking antimalarials to manage their lupus reported having difficulty accessing their prescription for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine during March-May 2020 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
     
  • June 15 - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. Read our statement.

May

  • May 15 - The CDC has released advice for people who are at higher risk of serious illness from the coronavirus because they have compromised immune systems. Some people with lupus may have compromised immune systems because of the medications they take to control their disease. Read the CDC guidance here.
     
  • May 12 - We've accomplished so much this spring. We put together an overview of our advocacy actions over the last couple of months.
March - April

April

March

  • March 24 - The NC Board of Pharmacy Board passes emergency rules to mitigate certain drug shortages, specifically hydroxychloroquine- a common drug used in the treatment of lupus patients. View the board's emergency rule here.
     
  • March 24 - Our new resource looks to help you cope with the stress and emotional strain of both the coronavirus itself and being isolated from loved ones. Read more.
     
  • March 24- Three new frequently-asked questions have been added to the FAQ from our Health Educators on this page. 
     
  • March 23 Read the joint statement by the Lupus Foundation of America, American College of Rheumatology, American Academy of Dermatology, and the Arthritis Foundation urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force and nation's governors to ensure Hydroxychloroquine access during the COVID-19 crisis.
     
  • March 21 - The LFA partnered with national patient organizations to submit a letter to the Congressional Leadership and the Administration calling for the implementation of needed patient protections that include ensuring people with lupus continue to have access to hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). 
     
  • March 21 Read our questions and answers regarding Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and Coronavirus
     
  • March 20 - Read our statement regarding access to hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for people with lupus. 
     
  • March 17 - The CDC has recommended that people with serious underlying health conditions stay home and avoid other people as much as possible. Please see Appendix A (on page 10) in this document from the CDC for a more detailed explanation of underlying health conditions that may increase the risk of serious illness from coronavirus.
Programs & Services
Find your spot to take your shot.

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first.  

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If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms get tested as safely as you can. Make sure to wear your mask, wash your hands, and quarantine in your home.